The Prime Minister has proposed that London could be given a partial exemption from new planning laws as he seeks to gain support for the changes. Boris Johnson is understood to have said that the capital could be offered a “carve-out” from some measures after warnings that the reforms risked “destroying suburbia”. Mr Johnson had suggested London could be exempted from the new measures that will allow people to build two-storey extensions without full planning permission. Downing Street sources denied that any explicit offer of a “carve-out” had been made but acknowledged there had been a discussion around the issue.
The Times (05/09/2020)